Patriots, in the hunt for QB depth, may discover one past NFL draft’s first spherical


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When College of Florida quarterback Kyle Trask went via his professional day final week, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was current to look at his each transfer.

McDaniels’ on-site go to served up an necessary reminder that the crew’s scouting on the recreation’s most necessary place goes a lot deeper than prime 2021 NFL draft prospects Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones. Scheduled to select at No. 15 general, it is extra seemingly the Patriots will wind up with a second-tier prospect on the place — until they commerce up.

So who, just like when the Patriots chosen Jimmy Garoppolo within the late second spherical in 2014, can be the most effective match?

Reese’s Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, a former Patriots scout, believes the dialog ought to begin with Stanford’s Davis Mills and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond.

Senior ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. sees it equally, despite the fact that the 6-foot-4, 211-pound Mills has 11 profession begins, which features a three-interception recreation towards UCLA. Mills was a prime recruit popping out of the Larger Atlanta Christian College, however his faculty physique of labor is skinny.

“Was he elite? No. However he has expertise. He had a terrific professional day [throwing in the rain]. All the blokes past the massive 5, he will be the subsequent quarterback taken and it’ll most likely be within the second spherical. He may probably drop to the third,” Kiper mentioned.

NFL Community draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah mentioned Mills has had a few ACL accidents, and “he isn’t as athletic as possibly he would have been with out the accidents, however he is bought poise, he is extremely clever, and I believed you noticed him get higher all year long. He can actually drive the ball. He is a extremely good child who’s bought fast eyes and makes good choices.”

Kiper and Jeremiah slotted Mond (6-foot-3, 211 kilos) as the following risk, with Kiper evaluating him to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was a fourth-round decide in 2012. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay is excessive on Mond, predicting he’ll go to the Washington Soccer Group within the second spherical of his newest mock draft.

Jeremiah famous Mond is “not the thickest man,” however highlighted his development over his profession.

“I believed he actually bought higher and performed nicely this yr, culminating with a terrific Senior Bowl week the place he was MVP of the sport,” he mentioned, including that his dimension and early-career inconsistency may be of concern to some groups.

“I like him, and I believe he is bought a reside arm. He can create and lengthen a bit of bit. Speaking to the blokes down there at A&M, they mentioned once they would get on the aircraft after video games he can be standing up within the aisle with [coach] Jimbo Fisher already watching the tape with him, so he was all the time dialed in, all the time across the facility.”

Then there’s Trask, who at 23 years previous is similar age as Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.

“Second spherical is excessive. I believe third or fourth spherical is the place I would have a look at [Trask],” Kiper mentioned. “He has the scale [6-foot-5, 236 pounds]. He throws the deep ball very nicely, superb contact. However he would not have an elite arm. He has very restricted mobility.”

Trask’s 68 landing passes are probably the most of any draft-eligible quarterback over the previous two seasons, however he is additionally thrown 15 interceptions. His hand dimension, 10 1/8 inches, is among the largest within the draft and matches nicely if the Patriots place a better worth on that with Northeast situations in thoughts.

“There’s some issues to love about him, and a few issues to make you marvel if he may be an efficient starter,” Kiper mentioned. “However I’d make investments a fourth-round decide in him. He is mainly [Washington QB] Ryan Fitzpatrick — a pocket passer.”

Wake Forest’s Jamie Newman (6-2, 235), who transferred to Georgia in 2020 however opted out of final season, is one other consideration.

“[Newman] appeared good in 2019, must grow to be a bit of extra correct with some throws, chopping down on some errors/interceptions. However he has expertise,” Kiper mentioned. “You are speaking a couple of fifth-, sixth-rounder, however had he performed at Georgia this previous yr, he may have been a second- or third-round decide.”

Texas’ Sam Ehlinger (6-1, 222) can be a part of the dialog, seemingly on Day 3 (fourth via seventh spherical). McShay raved about Ehlinger’s competitiveness and toughness, whereas noting his consistency as a passer wants enchancment, notably on deep throws (rating final on throws of 21-plus yards among the many prime 15 draft-eligible QBs, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info).

“He can run, has nice pocket presence, is bodily, robust, and takes care of the soccer. He has nice expertise,” McShay mentioned. “However throwing the deep ball, that is the place I struggled probably the most with him.”


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